The idea for hand painting banig bags came about when Rhyn Verdad, the brainchild of Maria Len Paintings, went to Sagada in 2016. She purchased a little banig bag from a souvenir shop to hold her stash of strawberry jam. Six months after the trip, she still had the bag lying around the house. She decided to have my mom paint on in so she can use it. The bag is the first post of Maria Len Paintings on IG. It was the perfect upcycling story.
Eventually, it became more than just upcycling. Now, we try to highlight and give proper recognition to Philippine-made crafts like banig bags.
The best part about all this is being able to share our art. There are many artists painting on bags right now but each artist has a different style or look. Each of our bag's painting is unique and one of a kind. It is carrying an artwork wherever you go. Having that kind of opporunity is wonderful.
Maria Len Paintings also chooses to paint on woven bags. We are staying true to how we started, painting on that little woven bayong bag from years ago, while helping local weaving communities in the PH, from where we source, along the way.